travel

travel June 8, 2019

Tropical Islands Resort, Berlin

The transformation of a one-time Nazi airbase into faux Tropical Islands is a spectacle on a scale that must be seen to be believed.

travel May 25, 2019

In search of the northern lights

In honour of a special birthday, the author withstands the subzero temperatures of Lapland on a quest to experience the famously fickle aurora borealis.

travel May 11, 2019

Studying language, history and culture in Toledo, Spain

As a descendant of Sephardic Jews forced to leave Spain during the 15th-century Inquisition, the author visits Toledo seeking citizenship, only to discover ties to the ancient city can sometimes be set in stone.

travel April 20, 2019

Whisky business at the Laphroaig distillery

A wee dram at the Laphroaig distillery in the Scottish Hebrides turns into an invocation of a whisky-loving soul.

travel April 13, 2019

Apartment living in Hong Kong

While old-style public housing apartment blocks conjure fond memories of the ‘real’ Hong Kong, a flawed system has seen them unable to keep up with demand, leading to near-intolerable living conditions for many tenants.

travel August 25, 2018

Anacapri, Italy

High above Capri’s busy Marina Grande, ornithologists use the spectacular vantage of the ruins of Castello Barbarossa to catch and observe migratory birds

travel August 4, 2018

Borneo’s Gomantong Caves

Within Borneo’s Gomantong Caves – slippery with teeming insects, bird droppings and guano from two million bats – fine dining is likely far from the mind. But overhead a perilous harvest ensues for the key ingredient of Chinese bird’s nest soup.

travel July 7, 2018

City of lost angels

In Los Angeles, everyone has a story and they’re eager to share it, but the enthusiasm to divulge personal details can have a traumatic side.

travel June 30, 2018

Canada’s Pukaskwa National Park, Lake Superior

On a journey around the Great Lakes to honour his mother, the author takes his cue from Anishinaabe artist Rebecca Belmore and turns his ear to the water to listen to his surrounds.

travel June 30, 2018

Lake Superior, Canada

On a journey around the Great Lakes to honour his mother the author takes his cue from Anishinaabe artist Rebecca Belmore and turns his ear to the water to listen to his surrounds.

travel June 9, 2018

A magical trip through the Highlands

A trip to the Scottish Highlands is not just a chance for the author to soak up the imposing scenery, but also to feel connection to her rugged forebears.